Front loaders have become a popular choice in recent years, but people quickly realized they need an easier way to load and unload the washers. Bending or kneeling down to pull out damp, heavy armfuls of clothes is not easy on the back. That’s why many manufacturers are offering pedestals as an extra accessory for these new style washers and dryers.
Pedestals raise the washer 8 to 15 inches and include a drawer for additional storage. They typically run between $150 and $200, depending on the brand and the special features. (Need a self-closing drawer? Probably not.) Customers seem to appreciate the convenience factor of
having extra space for laundry detergent and dryer sheets and having the washer and dryer at an easier-to-reach height. Some industrious folks have actually skipped the extra cost and designed their own DIY pedestals.
The pedestals are a feature you could live without. However, you would probably be happier springing for them, especially if you are making the transition from top loader to front loader. More people are working these appliances into their household décor, not hiding them away in a closet or laundry room. Not only do pedestals look nice, they’re a practical feature that will make laundry time much easier on your back.
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